SGT Fae Verlin Moore

SGT Fae Verlin Moore

Chadron, Dawes County, Nebraska, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 23)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Sheridan County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 168014332 · View Source
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Born May the 16th of 1920 in Chadron, Nebraska, Fae Verlin Moore was the youngest son of Alonzo Montgomery Moore Jr and Mary Minnette Potter. The baby of this family of 12, young Fae developed a wild streak. Even though he worked on the farm and completed the 8th grade, eventually all 5 ½ feet and 134 pounds of him landed in a bit of trouble.

So, unlike many boys from his generation, it was not the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that propelled Fae toward that United States Marine Corps recruiting office; regardless, on August 18th, 1941, this 21-year-old left South Dakota and made that fateful trip to Minneapolis to enlist.

PVT Moore went through training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego before being shipped out to sea. With his brothers in Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Moore would progress from Private to, eventually, the rank of Sergeant. Those promotions resulted from challenges he faced while fighting Imperial Japanese forces in such places as American Samoa and on Guadalcanal, mixed with well-deserved R&R stops in Wellington, New Zealand which he loved.

SGT Moore was with his brothers in the 8th Marines (E/2) of the 2nd Marine Division when they landed on Betio. Their mission was to secure the island in order to control the Japanese airstrip in the Tarawa Atoll; thereby preventing the Japanese Imperial forces from getting closer to the United States, and enabling US forces to get closer to mainland Japan. It would become one of the bloodiest battles in the Corps history.

It was November 20th (D-Day for the "Battle of Tarawa"), when young Fae - just 23 years old - perished.

In June 2015, History Flight notified DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the remains of what they believed were 36 United States Marines and Navy Corpsmen who perished in the battle.

Today, the world learned that SGT Fae Verlin Moore will soon be returning to his family – after nearly 73 years, he is finally coming home.

Gravesite Details Reinterment set for 06 OCT 2016

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  • Created by: JSMorrison
  • Added: 10 Aug 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 168014332
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Fae Verlin Moore (16 May 1920–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 168014332, citing Beaver Valley Cemetery, Sheridan County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) .